Author: Darrell Giles

Norman Street Bridge one step closer as planning continues

Ipswich City Council has moved to the second step of a three-step business case for stage one of the proposed Norman Street Bridge. Infrastructure and Emergency Management Committee Chairperson Councillor Cheryl Bromage said step one, the Strategic Business Case, began with confirmation of the ‘problem’ and ended with a number of initiatives to be considered for further development and analysis. “The purpose of the Strategic Business Case is to ensure that a wide range of initiatives are considered and assessed by council instead of immediately concluding that new infrastructure is required,” she said. Council is following the State Government’s...

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Aerial firepower strikes an impressive image

Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli was amazed by a recent visit the Royal Australian Air Force Base at Amberley and TAE Aerospace. Cr Antoniolli, Acting CEO Gary Kellar and senior Council representatives were on hand to inspect the aerial firepower and work going on terra firma. The City of Ipswich is home to Australia’s largest Air Force base and with significant financial commitment from Canberra, massive expansion is planned there, with an additional 7000 jobs by 2020 adding $1.2 billion to the State economy. Cr Antoniolli said in the next few years the RAAF Base will experience major growth in...

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From rival schools, two women power state politics

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk returns to her old school to motivate current students. When Queensland’s two most powerful women face each other in State Parliament tomorrow, for the first time as Leaders of their respective political parties, they may spare a few moments thinking how hard work in their high school days in Ipswich got them there. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington are both products of the Ipswich education system: St Mary’s College and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School respectively. The Premier was at high school from 1982-86, and the new LNP boss from 1984-88. They crossed “school...

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150-year-old one pound note donated to Art Gallery

An ink stand valued at $29,000 and a one pound bank note dating back to 1860 have been donated to the Ipswich Art Gallery collection. Arts and Community Development Committee Chairperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said these and other artwork and heritage items had been acquired by the Ipswich Arts Foundation Trust and donated to council. The silver emu egg ink stand, created by German-born South Australian silversmith and jeweller Joachim Matthias Wendt in 1870, was part of his award-winning silverwork of that period. The 26 x 28 cm piece is made of sterling silver, glass and ebonised wood, with...

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Council backs sport and culture through event sponsorship

IPSWICH will again host Netball Queensland’s State Age Championships at Limestone Park over four days in July. This major sporting event will be supported by Ipswich City Council through a $20,000 sponsorship under its Event Sponsorship Program. Economic Development and Digital City Committee chairman Cr Paul Tully said the event would attract in excess of 21,000 people to Ipswich. “This will be made up of players, coaches, managers, umpires, parents and families. All these visitors will provide a significant boost to the local economy. “Council’s tourism and sport teams worked together to secure the championships for 2018. “There is...

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Council to consider extra Safe City cameras

Ipswich City Council is considering an expansion to its Safe City monitoring program. Health, Security and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Cr Sheila Ireland said the Safe City camera network had increased significantly in 24 years and proved a major success in keeping Ipswich safe. “The Safe City camera network from 1994 to the current date has grown from only 11 cameras in the CBD, to more than 300 cameras in over 12 suburbs and has had an enormous impact on public safety, crime prevention and addressing the perception of crime within the Ipswich community,” she said. As part of...

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Barkathon presents bark-busting technology

Ipswich City Council is hoping to test its newest dog bark-busting technology by June this year. A 48-hour “Barkathon” event was hosted by council’s start-up incubator Firestation 101 last month, to explore and potentially identify a technical solution to assist dog owners and their neighbours to resolve barking nuisance. Health, Security and Community Safety Committee Chairperson Cr Sheila Ireland said 25 entrepreneurs presented their ideas to council. The winning entry was the “Bark Up” app, from developer Aaron Brand. “Bark Up is a concept providing information and solutions through an App style platform, inclusive of various opt in points...

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Indoor move for composting could improve outdoor odours

Ipswich City Council has approved changes which will see waste treatment company Remondis move composting operations from outdoors to indoors at its Swanbank site. Planning, Development and Heritage Committee Chairperson Cr David Morrison said the modification would be significant as residential housing increased in nearby suburbs. “This amendment will result in the composting process now being undertaken predominately within an enclosed facility, which will allow greater control of odour and noise impacts through technical and operational methods,” he said. “On the basis that the applicant has provided reporting to demonstrate no impacts on any residences within proximity to the...

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Council provides grants for worthy community programs

Two community groups have received Council grants for a football program and fund-raising dinner. Arts and Community Development Committee Chairperson Cr Kylie Stoneman said funds under the Community Development Program had gone to: St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland: $900 towards the cost of equipment and resources for its Soccer Stars Program, at St Augustine’s College during 2018-19. The program, supported by volunteers, provides young people, 8-18 years, from predominantly migrant and refugee backgrounds in Goodna and Redbank the opportunity to participate in a recreational soccer team free of charge. Cystic Fibrosis Queensland Limited: $2,145 towards the cost of...

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Fit-out contract awarded for Springfield Central Library

Ipswich City Council has resolved to award the fit-out contract for Springfield Central Library to South East Queensland firm iQ Construct. Infrastructure and Emergency Management Committee Chairperson Cr Cheryl Bromage said the six tenderers were of the “highest standard” and the West End-based company was successful in being recommended for the $2.8 million contract. IQ Construct’s previous projects include fit-out work at the University of Queensland, Queensland Police Service, SEQ shopping centres and Crown Casino, Melbourne. Council revealed the conceptual design package for Springfield Central Library in November 2017, showing state-of-the-art facilities, with the target of a July 2018...

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